For culture, royal history, castles, the world’s best museums and art galleries and some of its best nightlife, look no further than a holiday in the UK.
What comes to mind when you think of the UK? Never ending pots of tea, cricket matches and double-decker buses perhaps? Or how about cutting edge cities, medieval cathedral towns and sleepy country villages? Well add to the mix a bustling capital city that rivals New York for the title of world capital, some of Europe’s most beautiful countryside and more history than you can shake a stick at and you get close to what the UK has to offer travellers.
Made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the UK is a hodgepodge of different regions, histories and, of course, accents. Expect Manchester, Newcastle and the cities of the ‘friendly’ north to wow you with their impressive nightlife, grandiose Victorian buildings and warm locals. While further south, the medieval cities of Cambridge, Oxford and Bath give visitors a taste of England from times gone by – an England of afternoons spent in country pubs along the river, ancient universities and truly spectacular medieval and Georgian architecture.
And as if that wasn’t enough, you’ve still got all that world famous countryside to explore. You know the one with winding country lanes, patchwork cornfields and rolling hills – and that’s just in England. Venture into Scotland and you have the Highlands to discover, or Harry Potter country if you’re in the know. Unfortunately we can’t promise you Hogwarts or the Loch Ness Monster, but we can promise you scenery that will simply take your breath away.
And while lively cities, ancient university towns and patchwork countryside are all very appealing, no UK travel guide would be complete without mentioning the jewel in the UK’s crown, its capital London. This cultural heart of Europe, leading financial powerhouse and number one party destination is a sprawling metropolis of history, diversity and never-ending tourist treats. Think endless collections of world class museums and art galleries, the world’s leading theatre district, palaces and parks galore, and a nightlife that is unrivalled by any other city in the world and you don’t even come close to what London has on offer. Spend a few days in this city and you’ll soon realise why some call it the capital of the world.
The UK’s weather can be pretty changeable. The Gulf Stream stops things from getting extreme in either summer or winter, so temperatures rarely drop too low or rise too high. Summers are short but pleasant, especially in the south where temperatures in August can peak at around 30 degrees. Further north and in Scotland, expect temperatures to be a few degrees cooler throughout the year. Winters can be on the chilly side, although rarely freezing. With so much to see in this country there is no best time to go, but if you do decide to pay a visit bring a brolly just in case.